Michele J. Sison

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Michele J. Sison
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United States Ambassador to Sri Lanka
In office
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Patricia Butenis
Succeeded by -
United States Ambassador to Lebanon
In office
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Jeffrey D. Feltman
Succeeded by Maura Connell
Personal details
Born (1959-05-27) May 27, 1959 (age 55)
Arlington, Virginia
Profession Diplomat

Michele J. Sison (Born May 27, 1959 in Arlington, Virginia) is a United States Ambassador and a career member of the United States Senior Foreign Service, Class of Career Minister She was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as United States Deputy Representative to the United Nations as well as Deputy Representative of the United States to the UN Security Council on November 19, 2014. Sison previously served as U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives (2012-2014), U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon (2008-2010), and U.S. Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (2004-2008).

Ambassador Sison's other diplomatic assignments include Assistant Chief of Mission in Baghdad, Iraq (2011-2012); Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs; Deputy Chief of Mission in Islamabad, Pakistan; Consul General in Chennai, India; and tours in Côte d’Ivoire, Cameroon, Benin, Togo, and Haiti. She also served as the State Department’s Director of Career Development and Assignments (2010-11).

Ambassador Sison is the recipient of the U.S. Presidential Distinguished Service Award, U.S. Presidential Meritorious Service Award, and the U.S. Department of the Army’s Outstanding Civilian Service Medal. She also holds numerous U.S. Department of State awards, including Superior Honor Awards and Ambassadorial-level awards for her contributions to counter-proliferation (2008) and anti-trafficking in persons efforts (2005). Ambassador Sison earned her B.A. in Political Science at Wellesley College and is the mother of two daughters.

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